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SI Grammar and Spelling Lab
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How many times have you seen incorrect grammatical constructions/spelling errors on SI that set your teeth on edge? That tempted you to send a rude note to the offender(s)?

Conversely: how many times have you posted a message, wondering whether the way you are expressing yourself may actually sabotage what you are trying to express?

This thread is devoted to detailing & discussing common irritating errors, with the hope of eradicating them once and for all.

Let's start with "it's" for "its." Folks -- "it's" is a contraction for "it is." "Its" is a possessive pronoun. EXAMPLE: "It's nice that the stock has hit its all-time high."

The source of this confusion is pretty clear. Possessives usually use an apostrophe, as in "John's hat," "the girl's dress," or (plural), "the girls' dresses." But where the possessive of "it" is concerned, remember -- no apostrophe! Please!

More to come!
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4531re. laziness. LOL. In my freshman high school algebra class I noticed a shortcutStan212/13/2019
4530How Far Back in Time Could an English Speaker Go and Still Communicate EffectiveTimF112/7/2019
4529While sad to witness, sometimes "ignorance and laziness" create efficiValuepro-12/1/2019
4528Apostrophe society shuts down because 'ignorance and laziness have won' Tom Clarke-12/1/2019
4527"reunion revents" should be "reunion events" Not only do I Valuepro-6/18/2019
4526Having just leared of the passing of an acquaintance from my years living on TaiValuepro-6/18/2019
4525How the ‘Underground Grammarian’ Taught Me to Tell Reason from Rubbish quillettTom Clarke16/16/2019
4524Little Berkeley, aka Tucson, has become too spread out for my taste. And with UValuepro-3/6/2019
4523One year we drove from Tucson, where my in laws liked to spend the winter (nice DMaA-3/6/2019
4522The Colorado Plateau is the plains above the Grand Canyon. It is comprised of aValuepro-3/6/2019
4521I would gravitate to the plateau. I like trees.DMaA-3/6/2019
4520Yeah, it seems that way, but it's what makes travel between different parts Valuepro-3/6/2019
4519Finding mistakes in my posts is cheap. <gg> Flagstaff and Phoenix seem liDMaA-3/6/2019
4518"Plus commas are cheap." I nearly laughed out loud, but then I thoughValuepro-3/6/2019
4517Plus commas are cheap.DMaA-3/5/2019
4516I will go with the Oxford comma as well. Not using it makes sentences look stiltTom Clarke23/5/2019
4515That link is working now, thank you. I submit that the referenced appellate couValuepro-3/1/2019
4514That's curious. It worked this morning it's working now. Take That, AP Tom Clarke13/1/2019
4513A clue might be that Cardiac Output is also abbreviated Q.DMaA-3/1/2019
4512Could "Q" in this case be shorthand for "quantity"? I checkValuepro-3/1/2019
4511The link repeatedly yields the following message, but I'll keep trying. &quValuepro-3/1/2019
4510From Google Translate English Heart - Latin Translations of heart noun FreDMaA-3/1/2019
4509Latin, perhaps?Tom Clarke-3/1/2019
4508You want a mystery? In medicine "Perfusion" is abbreviated "Q&quDMaA-3/1/2019
4507Take That, AP Style! Court of Law Rules The Oxford Comma Necessary thewritelifeTom Clarke13/1/2019
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